Church of San Agustin

Church of San Agustin (HMGML)

Location: Manila, NCR 45203 Hamilton County
Country: Philippines

N 14° 35.36', E 120° 58.491'

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Oldest stone church in the Philippines. Plans were approved in 1587 and completed in 1607 under the supervision successively of the Augustinian Fathers Francisco de Bustos, Ildefonso Perez, Diego de Avila and brother Alonso de Perea. Its architect Juan Macias. It has withstood many earthquakes from 1645 up to the present and survived the British invasion in 1762. The Spanish-American War in 1898 and the Japanese invasion in 1942. The church choir has 68 carved molave seats with Narra inlaids. An artistic lectern and parchment cantorals of the 17th and 18th centuries. The church and its graves were profaned during the British Occupation of Manila in 1762. The ashes of early Spanish Conquistadores Legazpi, Salcedo, Lavezares, and the blessed Pedro de Zuniga and others now rest in the easternmost chapel of the transept. Terms for the American Occupation of Manila were prepared in the vestry of the church in 1898. The first Philippine plenary council was held here in 1953 chosen as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.
Year Placed1994
Placed ByPhilippine Historical Committee
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 6:07pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)51P E 281831 N 1613876
Decimal Degrees14.58933333, 120.97485000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 14° 35.36', E 120° 58.491'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds14° 35' 21.60" N, 120° 58' 29.46" E
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Area Code(s)513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1309 Real Street, Manila NCR 45203, PH
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